Thanksgiving Cleaning Checklist
Thanksgiving preparation is a big job. Here is your 14-day Thanksgiving cleaning countdown to help you get the house in shape and focus your energy on tasty food and good cheer.
1-2 WEEKS BEFORE THANKSGIVING:
Start your Thanksgiving cleaning with a deep clean 1-2 weeks before.
- Tidy up. Return items to their place in each room.
- Remove clutter from coffee and side tables, electronics, and low shelves.
- Dust from top to bottom, starting with the ceiling.
- Dry dust first, then wet dust if needed.
- Dust corners for dust cobwebs, moldings and door frames
- Clean ceiling fans and light fixtures.
- Clean glass, mirrors and windows.
- Dust the lower areas: lower molding, pictures, stairs and wood furniture.
- Vacuum drapes, blinds, and upholstered furniture with crevice tool.
- Steam clean or shampoo carpets.
- Deep clean bathrooms- sink, toilet, shower, tub, mirrors, and floors.
- Polish all wood furniture with furniture polish.
- Thoroughly clean the oven and stovetop and exhaust fan.
- Wash and iron any tablecloths and napkins that have been stored for a while.
- Vacuum the floors- Start at the furthest point and vacuum towards the exit of the room.
DAY BEFORE THANKSGIVING: Touchup Time
- Bathroom- wipe mirrors, sink, vanity, the top of the toilet, faucet...
- Vacuum- entryway, bathroom, dining room, living room...
- Sweep kitchen floor of crumbs and wipe up any drips or splatters from cooking.
- Wipe kitchen countertops. Run and empty the dishwasher.
- Set the table so it will look nice for arriving guests.
- Put out any candles or decorations
- Straighten and touchup dust.
- Put out fresh towels in bathrooms.
- Clear a place for coats and bags, whether a coat rack, closet, or bedroom.
- Empty the kitchen sink; load and start the dishwasher.
- Take out the trash before guests arrive.
- Wipe down the stove and clear countertops as much as possible.
- Adjust the lighting. Turn off overhead lights and turn on lamps.
- Put on some music and light some candles.
POST THANKSGIVING DAY:
Once the guests are gone and the leftovers put away, its very common to discover cranberry artifacts, coffee stains or red wine spots left behind on your upholstery, carpet or clothes. For quick remedies to common holiday spills, read Clean Tips For Tackling The Toughest Holiday Stains. For stubborn stains and spots such as lipstick, permanent marker or paint, you may need to hire a professionally trained carpet or upholstery cleaner, equipped an arsenal of safe and effective stain removal products and equipment to knock that stain out for good.
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